Police brutality rattles Mexico as Derek Chauvin’s trial spurs calls for change

Police brutality rattles Mexico as Derek Chauvin’s trial spurs calls for change

As the Derek Chauvin trial wraps its first week of testimony in the U.S., Mexico is reckoning with its own case of police brutality.

Why it matters: The death of Victoria Salazar, a Salvadoran refugee who had lived in Tulum for years, is the most recent case of Mexican law enforcement being accused of killing someone of Central American origins.

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The big picture: Mexican law enforcement has for years faced accusations of using excessive force, torturing suspects to get a false confession and physically and sexually torturing women they detain, often without due cause.

What they’re saying: “The Mexican state must also take responsibility, because this was a similar case to what happened in the United States with [George] Floyd,” said Salazar’s mother, Rosibel Arriaza, who’s been granted a humanitarian visa to recover the body.

What’s next: Authorities in Quintana Roo, the state on the Caribbean where Tulum is located, have opened a murder investigation.

  • Nayib Bukele, the president of El Salvador, has asked for the “full force of the law” to be applied to the officers responsible.

Flowers, graffiti and metal fences in Mexico City, protesting the death of Victoria Salazar. Photo: Gerardo Vieyra/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A sign reads “Justice for Victoria” during a protest in San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo: Camilo Freedman/AP via Getty Images

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Published at Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:49:00 +0000

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